Pinsent Masons

Insurance: Non-contentious Department

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What the team is known for Handles big-ticket matters in both the life and non-life insurance markets, including major M&A deals. Also demonstrates strong expertise in bulk annuity transactions and Part VII transfers. Advises an impressive roster of clients including domestic and international insurers and reinsurers. Also known for advising insurance companies on sophisticated insurance distribution projects.

Strengths"An excellent firm that shows great understanding of our business to tailor its advice and support," says a source.

Clients say: "They are extremely industrious, allocate time very well and can come up with sound thinking and good work. They are open to discussing things and to listening to the client's view but will advise or course-correct where necessary."

Another reports: "Each member of the team is hands-on and has the ability to demystify and apply the law quickly to our business."

Work highlights Advised Zurich on the sale to Embark Group of its UK Retail Wealth business, involving assets totalling approximately £11 billion.

Notable practitioners

Hammad Akhtar impresses with his adept handling of mergers and acquisitions as well as longevity de-risking transactions and Part VII transfers. He heads the firm's corporate insurance team.
"He is a very personable individual who will listen to what you have to say but will tell it to you straight. He also always seems to be available and is quick to respond."

Iain Sawers is noted for his considerable regulatory expertise, advising clients on matters including corporate restructuring and new product development.
"Iain's technical knowledge is second to none and he has great commercial acumen. He is also great to work with in terms of his responsiveness and collaborative style."

Madhu Jain has particular expertise in longevity de-risking transactions, which form part of her impressive non-contentious insurance practice. She has further capabilities in advising on reinsurance and distribution agreements.
"She has a phenomenal ability to ensure matters are delivered successfully." "An excellent lawyer to have on your side - she takes a creative and very client-focused approach to deals."